Government Relations

Archive of Pending Legislation 2005-06

UW System bill positions, status, and testimonies from the 2005-06 legislation

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Assembly Bills

Assembly Bill Name Brief Description

AB 27 Tuition gift Certificates

History & current status

Allows the UW System to create a tuition gift certificate for purchase.

AB 27 Full description and UW System position

AB 31 Income tax deduction for 529 contribution

History & current status

Allows an individual income tax deduction for certain amounts contributed to any section 529 college tuition program.

AB 31 Full description and UW System position

AB 53 UW-Rock County Engineering Funding

History & current status

Funding for engineering instruction at the UW-Rock County campus.

AB 53 Full description and UW System position

AB 87 Nonresident tuition exemption for veteran's dependents

History & current status

Creates a nonresident tuition exemption for dependents of certain active members of the armed forces.

AB 87 Full description and UW System position

AB 105 State Contracting

History & current status

Directs DOA to prescribe, by rule, uniform procedures for determining whether services are appropriate for contracting.

AB 105 Full description and UW System position

AB 106 Increased income tax deduction for college

History & current status

Expands the individual income tax deduction for college tuition expenses.

AB 106 Full description and UW System position

AB 111 Divorced persons - contributions to college savings plans

History & current status

Allows an individual income tax deduction for some amounts contributed by a divorced or legally separated parent to his or her child's college savings account or college tuition and expenses program; limits the deduction that may be claimed by a married person who files separately.

AB 111 Full description and UW System position

AB 158 Nontraditional Student Regent

History & current status

Adds a nontraditional student regent.

AB 158 Full description and UW System position

AB 186 contractual services

History & current status

Requires all contractual services purchased by executive branch agencies to be performed within the United States.

AB 186 Full description and UW System position

Read Testimony by Ruth Anderson

AB 228 Youth Apprenticeship Grants

History & current status

Increases funding for local youth apprenticeship grants.

AB 228 Full description and UW System position

AB 239 Limits tuition to 3% increases

History & current status

Limits tuition increases to three percent.

AB 239 Full description and UW System position

Read Testimony by Donald Mash
Read Testimony by Peter Spear

AB 280 Health Insurance Coverage of Full-time Student on Medical Leave

History & current status

Allows for coverage for the entire calendar year, regardless of when the student withdraws, when the status for that absence is a medical leave of absence.

AB 280 Full description and UW System position

AB 297 Tuition Tax Credit for Businesses

History & current status

Creates a non-refundable income tax and franchise tax credit for businesses that pay tuition for an individual to attend a university, college, or technical college.

AB 297 Full description and UW System position

AB 317 No tuition for dependents of killed or disabled veterans

History & current status

Exempts from tuition and fees spouses, unremarried surviving spouses and children of certain veterans at the University of Wisconsin System and at technical colleges.

AB 317 Full description and UW System position

Read testimony by Margaret Lewis

AB 318 Half-price tuition for eligible veterans

History & current status

Grant to any Wisconsin veterans a remission equal to 50 percent of the costs of tuition and fees...

AB 318 Full description and UW System position

Read testimony by Margaret Lewis

AB 343 emergency contraception

History & current status

Ban on prescription of emergency contraception at UWS facilities

AB 343 Full description and UW System position

Read testimony by Alice Reilly-Myklebust, RN, MSN
Read testimony by Kathleen Poi, MS, RN

AB 349 Health occupation credit transfer

History & current status

Requires the board to ensure that all credits in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical technology programs are fully transferable...

AB 349 Full description and UW System position

AB 350 Nursing credit transfer

History & current status

Requires the Board of Regents of the UW System to work with technical college district boards to ensure that credits earned in UW System nursing courses are accepted for transfer by technical colleges.

AB 350 Full description and UW System position

AB 378 Re-enrollment of veterans

History & current status

Students who were forced to withdraw from school after September 11, 2001, because they were called into active military service are able to be reimbursed.

AB 378 Full description and UW System position

AB 383 Criminal Background Checks

History & current status

Requires each appointing authority of an agency in the executive branch of state government including the UW System to conduct a criminal history background investigation of an applicant for a position

AB 383 Full description and UW System position

AB 387 Expansion of nursing loan program

History & current status

Expands the nursing student loan program to include nurse educators.

AB 387 Full description and UW System position

AB 397 Appropriation for UW Platteville buildings

History & current status

The purchase of the Governor Dodge Hotel and Convention Center in the city of Platteville for use by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

AB 397 Full description and UW System position

AB 438 Utility shortfall funding

History & current status

Increases UW System energy costs appropriation for the 2004-05 fiscal year

AB 438 Full description and UW System position

AB 439 UW Compensation Reform

History & current status

The Board of Regents must hold at least ONE public meeting on the issue of UW senior executive group compensation reform and allow members of the public to comment at the meeting.

AB 439 Full description and UW System position

Read Testimony by Margaret Lewis

AB 492 Municipal Storm Water Utilities

History & current status

Prohibits cities, villages, and towns (municipalities) from using both property taxes and service charges to pay for the same costs incurred for storm water utilities.

AB 492 Full description and UW System position

AB 503 Domestic Partnership Benefits

History & current status

Providing coverage for domestic partner of University of Wisconsin system employees and annuitants.

AB 503 Full description and UW System position

AB 576 Resident Tuition for Undocumented Students

History & current status

This bill allows an alien who is not a legal permanent resident of the United States to pay resident tuition, under certain conditions

AB 576 Full description and UW System position

AB 578 Faculty/Student Governance Policies

History & current status

Creates a so-called UW Students "Bill of Rights."

AB 578 Full description and UW System position

AB 595 College Parallel Offerings Expanded at WTCS

History & current status

Expands the college parallel programs to include any technical college district in the WTC System in which there is not located a University of Wisconsin two-year college campus.

AB 595 Full description and UW System position

AB 667 UW-Milwaukee Parking

History & current status

The bill allows a local government to restrict parking

AB 667 Full description and UW System position

AB 682 Condemnation of Property

History & current status

Prohibits the condemnation of property for any purpose not expressly authorized.

AB 682 Full description and UW System position

AB 698 UW-Parkside Charter School Enrollment Increase

History & current status

UW-Parkside charter school, under current law, is limited to an enrollment of 400 pupils. This bill increases the limit to 480 pupils beginning in the 2006-07 school year.

AB 698 Full description and UW System position

AB 701 Composition of the Board of Regents

History & current status

Requires the appointment to the Board of at least one citizen member who resides in each of the Wisconsin’s congressional districts.

AB 701 Full description and UW System position

AB 725 Default Judgments for Certain Citations

History & current status

Allows courts to issue default judgments in cases involved citations issued for certain violations.

AB 725 Full description and UW System position

AB 730 Allows UW Schools to Charter

History & current status

This bill allows additional four–year UW institutions or two–year college campus within the University of Wisconsin System to operate up to five charter schools...

AB 730 Full description and UW System position

AB 731 Tax Credits for College Savings Account or Tuition and Expenses program

History & current status

Creates nonrefundable individual income tax credits for amounts contributed to a college savings account or a college tuition and expenses program.

AB 731 Full description and UW System position

AB 743 Higher Education Aid Grants

History & current status

Changes the formula used to calculate the amounts appropriated for higher education grants for UW System students and for Lawton grants.

AB 743 Full description and UW System position

AB 763 Concealed Weapons

History & current status

This bill permits a person to go armed with a concealed and dangerous weapon...

AB 763 Full description and UW System position

AB 768 UW System International Charter School

History & current status

Allows the President of the UW System to contract for the operation of an up to 1,400 pupil independent International Charter School.

AB 768 Full description and UW System position

AB 774 Academic Excellence Scholarships

History & current status

Extends Academic Excellence Scholarship awards eligibility to a student enrolled in a 2-year, full-time vocational diploma program at a technical college.

AB 774 Full description and UW System position

AB 788 Contract Bids Posted on the Internet

History & current status

Requires every state contract bid over $10,000 be posted on the Internet within 24 hours.

AB 788 Full description and UW System position

AB 819 Clinical Practicum for Law School Students

History & current status

Requires students to successfully complete a six to eight credit clinical practicum.

AB 819 Full description and UW System position

AB 835 Tuition Remission

History & current status

Extends remission to children and spouse of those with qualifying disabilities.

AB 835 Full description and UW System position

AB 837 Meat Purchases by State Agencies

History & current status

Requires giving preference in purchasing chicken, turkey, beef, or pork products to suppliers with meat from animals not given antibiotics for other than therapeutic reasons.

AB 837 Full description and UW System position

AB 869 Nursing School Faculties

History & current status

Prohibits the Board of Nursing from requiring that more than 75 percent of the faculty at nursing schools hold master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing.

AB 869 Full description and UW System position

AB 877 Academic Excellence Scholarships

History & current status

Limits eligibility for a Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarship

AB 877 Full description and UW System position

AB 879 Tuition Remission for Disabled Veteran's dependents

History & current status

Removes the requirement that the veteran incurred the service-connected disability while a resident of this state.

AB 879 Full description and UW System position

AB 880 Additional Math & Science Credit Required to Receive High School Diploma

History & current status

Requires an additional credit of mathematics and science.

AB 880 Full description and UW System position

AB 882 Appointment of Student Regents

History & current status

Deletes prohibition of appointing a student regent from the same institution in two consecutive terms, adding new criteria.

AB 882 Full description and UW System position

AB 895 WHEG Grant Increase

History & current status

Increases the WHEG grant maximum for any academic year from $2,500 to $3,000.

AB 895 Full description and UW System position

AB 905 Fishing and Hunting Licenses

History & current status

Adds eligibility for residence license fees for fishing and hunting licenses.

AB 905 Full description and UW System position

AB 916 Tuition Remission for Certain Veterans

History & current status

Expands the tuition remission for dependents of deceased or disabled veterans.

AB 916 Full description and UW System position

AB 921 State Building Projects

History & current status

Approval of state building projects and contracts; use of bidding procedures on such contracts; allocation of village assets and liabilities upon dissolution.

AB 921 Full description and UW System position

AB 976 Medical Student Loan program

History & current status

Creates $450,000/yr. loan program to be administered by HEAB.

AB 976 Full description and UW System position

AB 1002 Medical School Enrollment

History & current status

Repeals current law that reduced the size of the class entering the UW Medical School by 2.5 percent for each academic year between 1984-1988.

AB 1002 Full description and UW System position

AB 1017 Forward Wisconsin Funding

History & current status

Increases GPR support for the Department of Commerce’s contract with Forward Wisconsin, Inc.

AB 1017 Full description and UW System position

AB 1034 Tuition Remission for Veterans and Their Dependents

History & current status

Expands current UW/technical college tuition remission for veterans established in the 2005-07 biennial budget from 50% to 100%.

AB 1034 Full description and UW System position

AB 1068 Executive Salaries & Nonresident Tuition

History & current status

Prohibits the UW System Board of Regents from increasing salaries and reducing nonresident tuition.

AB 1068 Full description and UW System position

AB 1084 Tax Credits for Purchase of Season Tickets to Athletic Events

History & current status

Creates an income and franchise tax credit.

AB 1084 Full description and UW System position

AB 1116 Executive Salaries

History & current status

Prohibits any portion of salaries paid from general purpose revenue (GPR) may not equal or exceed the salary of the governor.

AB 1116 Full description and UW System position

AB 1120 Long-term Care Insurance

History & current status

Permits participants under the Wisconsin Retirement system to use accumulated unused sick leave credits...

AB 1120 Full description and UW System position

AB 1147 Employment of Unpardoned Felons

History & current status

Permits the UW System Board of Regents and the Technical College System Board to refuse to employ or to terminate from employment an unpardoned felon.

AB 1147 Full description and UW System position

AB 1153 College Savings Program

History & current status

Establishes a college savings program bank deposit trust fund.

AB 1153 Full description and UW System position

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Assembly Joint Resolutions and Assembly Resolutions

Name of Resolution Brief Description

AJR 77 Taxpayers Protection Amendment

History & current status

Creates a constitutional limitation on certain revenues.

AJR 77 Full description and UW System position

Read Testimony by Regent Pres Walsh
Read Testimony by Chancellor Hastad
Read Testimony by Chancellor Wells
Read the Reschovsky Analysis
Read Letter by UW President Riley
Read the Regent Resolution
Read UW System TPA Budget Analysis
View TPA Powerpoint
Read the Regent Resolution on the Taxpayers Protection Amendment (TPA)

AR 14 Health care occupation task force

History & current status

Form a task force to make recommendations on ways to reduce nursing shortage and reduce the shortage of other health care occupation professionals.

AR 14 Full description and UW System position

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Senate Bills

Name of Senate Bill Brief Description

SB 38 Tuition gift Certificates

History & current status

Allows the UW System to create a tuition gift certificate for purchase.

SB 38 Full description and UW System position

SB 53 Divorced persons - contributions to college savings plans

History & current status

Allows an individual income tax deduction for some amounts contributed by a divorced or legally separated parent to his or her child's college savings account or college tuition and expenses program; limits the deduction that may be claimed by a married person who files separately.

SB 53 Full description and UW System position

SB 56 State contracting

History & current status

Directs DOA to prescribe, by rule, uniform procedures for determining whether services are appropriate for contracting.

SB 56 Full description and UW System position

SB 76 Altering the eligibility for the Academic Excellence grant

History & current status

Permits a senior high school student with the second highest grade point average, but not less than 3.800 or the equivalent, to be certified as an alternate and to receive a scholarship..

SB 76 Full description and UW System position

SB 96 Allows UW Schools to Charter

History & current status

Allows additional four–year UW institutions or two–year college campus within the University of Wisconsin System to operate up to five charter schools or to contract for the operation of a charter school.

SB 96 Full description and UW System position

SB 98 Contractual services

History & current status

Requires all contractual services to be performed in United States.

SB 98 Full description and UW System position

SB 121 Nontraditional Student Regent

History & current status

Adds a nontraditional student regent.

SB 121 Full description and UW System position

SB 152 Tuition Tax Credit for Businesses

History & current status

Creates a non-refundable income tax and franchise tax credit

SB 152 Full description and UW System position

Read Testimony by Margaret Lewis
Read Testimony by Charles Hoslet

SB 175 Appropriation for UW Platteville buildings

History & current status

The purchase of the Governor Dodge Hotel and Convention Center in the city of Platteville for use by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

SB 175 Full description and UW System position

SB 187 Drug Dealers ineligible for WHEG

History & current status

Makes a college student who is convicted ineligible for a state grant, loan, or work assistance for a period of two years following the conviction.

SB 187 Full description and UW System position

SB 279 College Parallel Offerings Expanded at WTCS

History & current status

Expands the college parallel programs to include any technical college district in the WTC System in which there is not located a University of Wisconsin two-year college campus.

SB 279 Full description and UW System position

SB 293 Tax deductions for 529 programs

History & current status

Allows an individual income tax deduction for certain amounts contributed to any section 529 college tuition program.

SB 293 Full description and UW System position

SB 329 UW-Milwaukee Parking

History & current status

The bill allows a local government to restrict parking.

SB 329 Full description and UW System position

SB 336 Tax Credits for 529 programs

History & current status

Creates a nonrefundable individual income tax credit

SB 336 Full description and UW System position

SB 338 Purchase Contracts of UW Goods and Services by Research Companies

History & current status

Creates an exemption to s. 946.13 for a research company who contracts with the University of Wisconsin

SB 338 Full description and UW System position

SB 345 UW-Parkside Charter School Enrollment Increase

History & current status

UW-Parkside charter school, under current law, is limited to an enrollment of 400 pupils. This bill increases the limit to 480 pupils beginning in the 2006-07 school year.

SB 345 Full description and UW System position

SB 351 Tax Credits for College Savings Account or Tuition and Expenses program

History & current status

Creates nonrefundable individual income tax credits for amounts contributed to a college savings account or a college tuition and expenses program

SB 351 Full description and UW System position

SB 370 Academic Excellence Scholarships

History & current status

Extends Academic Excellence Scholarship awards eligibility

SB 370 Full description and UW System position

SB 372 Biomedical Technology Alliance (BTA)

History & current status

Appropriates $2 million GPR to support biomedical research

SB 372 Full description and UW System position

SB 377 UW System International Charter School

History & current status

Allows the President of the UW System to contract for the operation of an up to 1,400 pupil independent International Charter School in Dane County

SB 377 Full description and UW System position

SB 389 Default Judgments for Certain Citations

History & current status

Allows courts to issue default judgments in cases involved citations issued for certain violations.

SB 389 Full description and UW System position

SB 403 Concealed Weapons

History & current status

Permits a person to go armed with a concealed and dangerous weapon.

SB 403 Full description and UW System position

SB 414 Tuition Remission

History & current status

Extends remission to children and spouse of those with qualifying disabilities.

SB 414 Full description and UW System position

SB 427 Tuition Remission for Disabled Veteran's dependents

History & current status

Adds eligibility in Wisconsin 2005 Budget Act 25 to spouses, surviving spouses, or children of veterans.

SB 427 Full description and UW System position

SB 436 Re-enrollment of veterans

History & current status

Requires the colleges and universities to reenroll the student forced to withdraw from school after September 11, 2001, because they were called into active military service.

SB 436 Full description and UW System position

SB 478 State Building Projects

History & current status

Increases various statutory thresholds for certain types of construction and maintenance projects.

SB 478 Full description and UW System position

SB 481 WHEG Grant Increase

History & current status

Increases the WHEG grant maximum for any academic year from $2,500 to $3,000.

SB 481 Full description and UW System position

SB 513 Forward Wisconsin Funding

History & current status

Increases GPR support for the Department of Commerce’s contract with Forward Wisconsin, Inc.

SB 513 Full description and UW System position

SB 549 Medical School Enrollment

History & current status

Repeals current law that reduced the size of the class entering the UW Medical School by 2.5 percent for each academic year between 1984-1988.

SB 549 Full description and UW System position

SB 554 Law Revision Bill

History & current status

Changes membership of the State Laboratory of Hygiene Board, clarifies nonresident tuition exemption for admission of veterans, and deletes reference to a 5th year clerkship as part of a foreign medical student’s transfer program.

SB 554 Full description and UW System position

SB 603 Human Stem Cell Research

History & current status

Provides that the policy of the state is to permit research involving the derivation and use of human stem cells.

SB 603 Full description and UW System position

SB 613 Tuition Remission for Veterans and Their Dependents

History & current status

Expands current UW/technical college tuition remission for veterans.

SB 613 Full description and UW System position

SB 661 College Savings Program

History & current status

Establishes a college savings program bank deposit trust fund.

SB 661 Full description and UW System position

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Senate Joint Resolutions

Name of Resolution Brief Description

SJR 63 Taxpayers Protection Amendment

History & current status

Creates a constitutional limitation on certain revenues.

SJR 63 Full description and UW System position

Read Testimony by Regent Pres Walsh
Read Testimony by Chancellor Hastad
Read Testimony by Chancellor Wells
Read the Reschovsky Analysis
Read Letter by UW President Riley
Read the Regent Resolution
Read UW System TPA Budget Analysis
View TPA Powerpoint
Read the Regent Resolution on the Taxpayers Protection Amendment (TPA)

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